Egypt approves law to protect senior military officers from prosecution
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Egypt approves law to protect senior military officers from prosecution

The Egyptian Parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Monday approved a law that would protect high ranking and senior military officers from prosecution.

This law is in response to the 2013 violent overthrow of former president Mohammed Morsi. With the new legislation, current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will have the power to grant immunity to those officers involved in the coup.

Al-Sisi was reelected for his second term in office this year. Ahead of the election, Human Rights Watch accused Egyptian authorities of escalating arbitrary arrests against political opponents [JURIST report]. Earlier this month Amnesty International called for the Egyptian parliament to reject proposed laws that would increase the government’s control over online content [JURIST report].